A South Coast vet is investigating the death of an endangered greater glider thought to have been killed during the lopping operation that brought down Gerroa's famous bum tree.
Gerroa Environmental Protection Society president Warren Holder found the glider's body about 15 metres from the tree's stump about 4.30pm on Friday. The glider's tail was about one-third of the expected size and ended in an exposed stump. Mr Holder believed the creature's tail was accidentally sawn off while the tree was being cut down and it later died of shock.
"The circumstances do point that way."
The creature's body was unmarked and - with no smell or rigor mortis - its death appeared very recent, Mr Holder said.
A NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service spokeswoman said the body had since been taken to an area vet for assessment. No results have yet been returned.